Monday, March 15, 2010

Sehwag's knock

Swashbuckling Delhi Daredevils batsman Virender Sehwag said he was not chasing any record but was just enjoying his batting during the team's facile IPL win over Rajasthan Royals here on Tuesday.

Sehwag blasted a 34-ball 75 to set up the Daredevils' win and at one stage, looked like equalling or bettering Yusuf Pathan's IPL record of a 37-ball century.

The star opener, however, insisted he did not have records in mind.

"I was not playing for any record. I was just enjoying my game and that's how I play. I don't play for records," Sehwag told after the match.

With Sehwag on song, boundary once again looked smaller and when told about it, the star player said, "I would have hit as many sixes even if the boundary was larger."

It was the Daredevil's' second successive win in the tournament and Sehwag attributed the success to Gautam Gambhir's leadership.

"His captaincy is the secret behind our success and that's why we have won both the matches so far," said Sehwag, who led the side in the first two editions of the Twenty20 league.

Sehwag also praised rookie leggie Sarabjeet Ladda's performance.

The mood, meanwhile, was sombre in the Rajasthan Royals camp after the side slumped to their second successive defeat and captain Shane Warne had more bad news to share.

"Three of our key players have picked up injuries. Dmitri Mascarenhas has rolled his ankle, Yusuf (Pathan) has picked up a shoulder injury and Graeme Smith has injured his finger.

Smith and Yusuf are going to hospital for x-ray," Warne said. Unhappy with the team performance, Warne said the next matches would be crucial for the side which had won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2008.

"I am not at all happy with the performance of the team. We are really grumpy and angry. We didn't follow the simple basics of the game. We started off very well but lost 2-3 quick wickets which was the turning point and after that it was difficult to make a comeback in the game. Yusuf getting out without scoring was really disappointing.

"We have to bounce back now and we are looking forward to the next couple of games which are very crucial for us," Warne explained.

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